Zach Braff: Voice of our Generation

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I think the photo in all the Last Kiss posters/ads is very telling:

http://ec3.images-amazon.com/images/P/B000G8NY54.01._SS500_SCLZZZZZZZ_V63334206_.jpg

A-ron Hubbard (Hurting), Sunday, 24 September 2006 14:23 (fourteen years ago) link

Well well well it looks like SOMEONE'S got a chip on their shoulder. I mean, how DARE Zach Braff direct a movie with himself in it and have a fit bird fall in love with him and even have the gall to include music he LIKES in the soundtrack!

wogan lenin (dog latin), Sunday, 24 September 2006 14:38 (fourteen years ago) link

How dare he put only himself in the poster, gazing directly into the camera.

A-ron Hubbard (Hurting), Sunday, 24 September 2006 14:43 (fourteen years ago) link

I mean, how DARE Zach Braff direct a shitty movie with himself in it and have a fit bird fall in love with him and even have the gall to include shitty music he LIKES in the soundtrack!

Fixed.

milo z (mlp), Sunday, 24 September 2006 14:53 (fourteen years ago) link

i started a thread a couple weeks ago with this quote from A.O. Scott but didn't get much of a response, i still think it's funny

"His wobbly chin and startled eyes might be taken for evidence of sweetness, and he is certainly a credible incarnation of the kind of mopey, wet-noodle hipster lately ubiquitous in independent movies, unsigned rock bands and certain Brooklyn neighborhoods."

timmy tannin (pompous), Sunday, 24 September 2006 14:56 (fourteen years ago) link

i need a tip drill tip drill

and what (ooo), Sunday, 24 September 2006 14:57 (fourteen years ago) link

somebody told me portman is sposed to be a tard in that movie - is this true??

and what (ooo), Sunday, 24 September 2006 14:57 (fourteen years ago) link

she sure acts like one.

Roz (Roz), Sunday, 24 September 2006 14:58 (fourteen years ago) link

she's supposed to be epileptic, if that's what you mean by a "tard"

gabbneb (gabbneb), Sunday, 24 September 2006 15:03 (fourteen years ago) link

epilepsy only explains the helmet, the rest is just pure 'tard.

milo z (mlp), Sunday, 24 September 2006 15:11 (fourteen years ago) link

my enjoyment of that article was short-lived, as i couldn't shut off the sound from the rollover tv ads at the top. it took me out of my Timberlake groove.

Still, Zach Braff. Seems nice enough, I guess. Garden State wasn't very good.

The Ultimate Conclusion (lokar), Sunday, 24 September 2006 16:44 (fourteen years ago) link

SO far as I could tell from the article, the author hates Zach Braff because:

1) some vapid entertainment writer called him a voice for the author's generation, and

2) Zach Braff is (horrors!) a self-involved and publicity-seeking Hollywood actor who says vapid things to entertainment writers and makes movies full of flat observations and mediocre truisms.

These are not reasons to "hate" anyone. They are reasons to ignore or overlook him. I recommend this course to the author. I use it daily.

Aimless (Aimless), Sunday, 24 September 2006 16:56 (fourteen years ago) link

Slate doesn't pay you for a "That Zach Braff, he's, you know, whatever" article.

milo z (mlp), Sunday, 24 September 2006 17:01 (fourteen years ago) link

Slate, more like Hate amirite

how much late could a latebloomer bloom if a latebloomer could bloom late (lateb, Sunday, 24 September 2006 18:42 (fourteen years ago) link

Garden State is rubbish!

(I have made it my mission to point this out on every Braff-related thread)

chap who would dare to contain two ingredients. Tea and bags. (chap), Sunday, 24 September 2006 18:46 (fourteen years ago) link

'rubbish' is kind.

milo z (mlp), Sunday, 24 September 2006 18:52 (fourteen years ago) link

it is rubbish. This generation is worse than the hippies, the flappers, and the Nazis combined. At least the hippies gave us those fat watchbands, the flappers could dance, and the Nazis had that song 8 Days A Week.

how much late could a latebloomer bloom if a latebloomer could bloom late (lateb, Sunday, 24 September 2006 18:54 (fourteen years ago) link

(stolen joek)

how much late could a latebloomer bloom if a latebloomer could bloom late (lateb, Sunday, 24 September 2006 18:55 (fourteen years ago) link

I would have Zach Braff if he was a girl and was hot and had the mind of a young Elizabeth Taylor.

christopherscottknudsen (christopherscottknudsen), Monday, 25 September 2006 02:44 (fourteen years ago) link

NO ADULTS ALLOWED!

Jessie the Monster (scarymonsterrr), Monday, 25 September 2006 02:45 (fourteen years ago) link

the article linked in the first post is awful.

Amateur(ist) (Amateur(ist)), Monday, 25 September 2006 06:13 (fourteen years ago) link

funny how dude likes scrubs, which i saw 2 minutes of for the first time just the other day - the joke was about how there are these two white girls who love the rap! and then z braff looked confused - it was bonkers!

(those you didn't bother w/the article shouldn't tragically miss this though http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRH4gG5LmZ0)

jhoshea (scoopsnoodle), Monday, 25 September 2006 13:04 (fourteen years ago) link

Fuuuck, I just found out that Last Kiss is set and partially filmed in Madison, so I may have to see it just for that. Or maybe I'll just watch Back to School again.

Jordan (Jordan), Monday, 25 September 2006 17:27 (fourteen years ago) link

Are you kidding me? The man is a TASTEMAKER. Who knew how great the Shins were before Garden state?

vingt regards (vignt_regards), Monday, 25 September 2006 19:08 (fourteen years ago) link

Don't you mean TIP DRILL!?!?

a naked Kraken annoying Times Square tourists with an acoustic guitar (nickalici, Monday, 25 September 2006 19:17 (fourteen years ago) link

funny how dude likes scrubs, which i saw 2 minutes of for the first time just the other day - the joke was about how there are these two white girls who love the rap! and then z braff looked confused - it was bonkers!

EERIE. I saw the exact same two minutes of Scrubs for the first time the other day, too. And Jeff, my husband and starter of this very topic, came home and was like AHHHHHHHHHHH ZACH BRAFF!!!! ET TU, PARTY TIME COUNTRY FEMALE?

Party Time Country Female (pullapartgirl), Monday, 25 September 2006 19:22 (fourteen years ago) link

this dude is in our heads something serious

jhoshea (scoopsnoodle), Monday, 25 September 2006 19:29 (fourteen years ago) link

before i just imdbed him i thought he was ed and love monkey too - these being shows i know only from their quality ad campaigns.

jhoshea (scoopsnoodle), Monday, 25 September 2006 19:35 (fourteen years ago) link

in fact i've only ever seen 2 minutes of scrubs and 20 minutes of garden state and i had already decided that he was a total douche. i'd never even seen the famous this band will change yr life scene before drill tip intervened (and she does say it in sort of an offhanded way). i didn't' really give buddy a chance. of course i did make my judgement thinking that he was love monkey and ed. anyway he seems to suck big time.

jhoshea (scoopsnoodle), Monday, 25 September 2006 19:41 (fourteen years ago) link

i am relieved to discover that ed and love monkey are at least the same guy.

jhoshea (scoopsnoodle), Monday, 25 September 2006 19:44 (fourteen years ago) link

Zach Braff was the #1 least funny guest actor on Arrested Development, even less funny than Martin Short.

a naked Kraken annoying Times Square tourists with an acoustic guitar (nickalici, Monday, 25 September 2006 19:45 (fourteen years ago) link

was love monkey ever on?

jhoshea (scoopsnoodle), Monday, 25 September 2006 19:46 (fourteen years ago) link

the guy from ed plays his older brother on scrubs at one point.

when was zach braff on arrested development?

Juulia (julesbdules), Monday, 25 September 2006 19:47 (fourteen years ago) link

The alleged voice of my generation shot himself in the head.

It was like, "Alright you bitches, this topic of conversation is CLOSED*."

My point? Be patient.

*(OK, but after the spike in the news coverage died, FINIS.)

Fluffy Bear, among 100% of the population (Fluffy Bear Hearts Rainbows), Monday, 25 September 2006 19:54 (fourteen years ago) link

he should change his name to ed lovemonkey - that would really mess with some heads right there (dude is all about messing w/heads srsly).

jhoshea (scoopsnoodle), Monday, 25 September 2006 20:02 (fourteen years ago) link

scrubs is funnier than arrested development.

M@tt He1geson: Real Name, No Gimmicks (Matt Helgeson), Monday, 25 September 2006 20:19 (fourteen years ago) link

scrub monkey more like it

jhoshea (scoopsnoodle), Monday, 25 September 2006 20:20 (fourteen years ago) link

For once I have to disagree with you Matt H3lg3s0n.

He was this "Girls Gone Wild" filmer dude. He might've been as funny as Charlize Theron though.

a naked Kraken annoying Times Square tourists with an acoustic guitar (nickalici, Monday, 25 September 2006 20:23 (fourteen years ago) link

i mean, they are both funny.

i just think scrubs is as underrated as arrested development is overrated.

M@tt He1geson: Real Name, No Gimmicks (Matt Helgeson), Monday, 25 September 2006 20:38 (fourteen years ago) link

Scrubs is really fucking good

roc u like a § (ex machina), Monday, 25 September 2006 20:46 (fourteen years ago) link

Agree: Scrubs is underrated. Disagree: Arrested Development is overrated. Arrested is ROFFLICIOUS.

Also, I enjoyed Garden State. I always recommend that movie with the caveat: don't expect to have your world changed. Still, Garden State was better than I Heart Huckabees, which is probably the most comparable recent movie I can think of.

Fluffy Bear, among 100% of the population (Fluffy Bear Hearts Rainbows), Monday, 25 September 2006 20:47 (fourteen years ago) link

the only parallel I can see between Garden State and I Heart Huckabee's (which wasn't very good, but not brutally awful) is that they were both shot in color.

milo z (mlp), Monday, 25 September 2006 20:48 (fourteen years ago) link

I don't like Scrubs. I Heart Huckabees is pretty bad, but slightly has the edge over GS in that it's a bit more original.

chap who would dare to contain two ingredients. Tea and bags. (chap), Monday, 25 September 2006 20:49 (fourteen years ago) link

i tried to kill this thread but it didn't work out

jhoshea (scoopsnoodle), Monday, 25 September 2006 20:51 (fourteen years ago) link

the only parallel I can see between Garden State and I Heart Huckabee's (which wasn't very good, but not brutally awful) is that they were both shot in color.
-- milo z (wooderso...), September 25th, 2006 4:48 PM. (mlp) (link)


Oh, they were both lackadaisical finding yourself generational malaise twenty-something pre-middle-aged crisis movies.

One the one hand you had a rich boy who got off the meds and got over killing his mother. Existential moment: yelling into bottomless pit that was supposed to be a Jersey Mall.

On the other you had an uninteresting narcissistic environmentalist who went through therapy and didn’t get the girl or the recognition but got himself a little piece of mind. Existential moment: psychobabble from a couple of baby-boomers and a hate-fuck from a misanthrope.

Fluffy Bear, among 100% of the population (Fluffy Bear Hearts Rainbows), Monday, 25 September 2006 20:58 (fourteen years ago) link

LOVEMONKY KILT HIS MOM??! SO COLD YO!

jhoshea (scoopsnoodle), Monday, 25 September 2006 21:01 (fourteen years ago) link

it was pretty funny when marky mark hit that dude in the face with a rubber ball.

M@tt He1geson: Real Name, No Gimmicks (Matt Helgeson), Monday, 25 September 2006 21:03 (fourteen years ago) link

Best part of the movie, by far.

Fluffy Bear, among 100% of the population (Fluffy Bear Hearts Rainbows), Monday, 25 September 2006 21:06 (fourteen years ago) link

that movie was funny as shit

jhoshea (scoopsnoodle), Monday, 25 September 2006 21:09 (fourteen years ago) link

OMG, WE'VE FINALLY FOUND HIS MUSE

Jeff. (Jeff), Monday, 15 January 2007 23:49 (fourteen years ago) link

xpost - I LOVE characters who are assholes! Lucillle Bluth, Ricky Gervais, Ab-Fab women, etc. I just hate House b/c the show (the few times I have seen it) seems to rely way too heavily on his asshole-dom (same with Monk and the OCD).

a puppy holding a miller high life bottle (unclejessjess), Tuesday, 16 January 2007 05:25 (fourteen years ago) link

He says, "To have millions of people go, 'I watched your movie and related' was the ultimate affirmation that I'm not a freak."

How out of touch with the world around you do you have to be to think that mild depression would make you a freak?

there to preserve disorder (kenan), Tuesday, 16 January 2007 07:22 (fourteen years ago) link

Mild depression is a blessing, 'round my social circles. Mr. Braff, have you ever gone days without bathing or getting out of bed? No? Then you're fine. Shut up.

there to preserve disorder (kenan), Tuesday, 16 January 2007 07:23 (fourteen years ago) link

He doesn't play the image game! That's why he's so inconsistent and we can't stereotype him, because he doesn't have a well-tuned image.

mh. (mike h.), Tuesday, 16 January 2007 16:00 (fourteen years ago) link

Ok, maybe I'm just a sucker for singing and dancing, but the Scrubs musical was pretty cute.

Charlie Brown (kenan), Friday, 19 January 2007 02:26 (fourteen years ago) link

an alum from elmo.oxygen + my high school directed it

ewe never broke yr treo 4ever (ex machina), Friday, 19 January 2007 06:54 (fourteen years ago) link

seven months pass...

wow 'the last kiss' was really annoying and dumb and derivative and zach braff's face is made for slapping
ugh
i liked the gf's parents though, sort of

rrrobyn, Friday, 24 August 2007 02:58 (thirteen years ago) link

Madison, Wisc. has a good role.

Eazy, Friday, 24 August 2007 03:08 (thirteen years ago) link

eight months pass...

RIP

Dom Passantino, Tuesday, 6 May 2008 23:31 (twelve years ago) link

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRH4gG5LmZ0

this still kills me

and what, Tuesday, 6 May 2008 23:39 (twelve years ago) link

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What a d-bag for ruining a steller movie.

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That was a childish attempt to add a bit of originality to an amazing movie

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the real music is way better than that bull shit c RAP. this movie kicks ass squarecnix u can suck a donky cock fucking pussy.

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you ruined an amazing movie, dumbass

and what, Tuesday, 6 May 2008 23:40 (twelve years ago) link

1.
- voice-over introduces episode's thematic topic ("in a hospital you depend on your coworkers" / "in New York we like men and shoes")
- scenes establish each character's activities

2.
- conflicts arise in each storyline
- voice-over points out thematic questions uniting them all ("sometimes you realize your friends aren't there for you ... or your relationship isn't as strong as you thought" / "I couldn't help but wonder ... were men the new shoes?")

3.
- conflicts resolve
- voice-over unites all resolutions under one banner ("maybe the person you least expect is looking out for you ... or maybe you realize your girlfriend cares about you more than you thought" / "but it was summer in New York, and I had some fabulous shoes")

-- which, as above, is lame, but if you're the sort of person who can enjoy watching a Sex and the City episode and betting on whether Carrie will say "I couldn't help but wonder," "I had to ask," or "OTHER," then you can probably forgive the rigid blocks in there and just wait for Donald Faison to be awesome again.

-- nabisco (nabisco), Friday, 12 January 2007

the pinefox, Tuesday, 6 May 2008 23:52 (twelve years ago) link

wiki says

Braff dated Bonnie Somerville around the same time he worked on Garden State. He specifically requested a song from her for the film's soundtrack. Braff started dating pop singer and actress Mandy Moore in the summer of 2004. One of their first public sightings as a couple was when they arrived together at a fundraising event for the Democratic Party prior to the November 2004 election. In early 2006, unnamed sources told In Touch Weekly magazine that the couple were engaged.[17] Braff called this a "total Internet rumor." Moore's representative denied the engagement.[18] Mandy Moore's song "Looking Forward to Looking Back" is rumored to be about Braff. In response to tabloids now linking him to singer Jessica Simpson, he joked: "I wish I was leading a fraction of the life that the tabloids have me leading!"[1] In June 2007, he began dating actress Shiri Appleby.

the pinefox, Tuesday, 6 May 2008 23:56 (twelve years ago) link

I looked up cos it said RIP

he's been fortunate

the pinefox, Tuesday, 6 May 2008 23:56 (twelve years ago) link

http://img2.freeimagehosting.net/uploads/22ebb76bf4.jpg

M@tt He1ges0n, Friday, 16 May 2008 22:04 (twelve years ago) link

three years pass...

Leave Zach Braff alone!

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 4 August 2011 16:55 (nine years ago) link

i thought the ny mag guy's response was weak, and showed a guy getting beat in the exact way the original letter had accused him of being off, until the PS. which i guess was the point.

(oboe interlude) (schlump), Thursday, 4 August 2011 17:00 (nine years ago) link

i still like zach braff

J0rdan S., Thursday, 4 August 2011 17:04 (nine years ago) link

well he's prob actually an asshole irl but i don't mind his work

loved scrubs

J0rdan S., Thursday, 4 August 2011 17:05 (nine years ago) link

scrubs unwatchable

conrad, Thursday, 4 August 2011 17:27 (nine years ago) link

John C. McGinley caveat

saint dominic's p4k review (Eazy), Thursday, 4 August 2011 17:30 (nine years ago) link

one year passes...

Jeff, hey Jeff, Zach Braff started a Kickstarter to fund a sequel to Garden State.

carl agatha, Wednesday, 24 April 2013 17:54 (seven years ago) link

6 years later, I still hate Zach Braff. More than ever.

Jeff, Wednesday, 24 April 2013 18:17 (seven years ago) link

We can ill afford another Garden State

mackleless (latebloomer), Wednesday, 24 April 2013 21:34 (seven years ago) link

brb, just starting a Kickstarter to pay him not to make a sequel to Garden State

we're up all night to get picky (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 24 April 2013 21:48 (seven years ago) link

kickstarter to convert cinemas into luxury apartment buildings

daft on the causes of punk (schlump), Wednesday, 24 April 2013 21:57 (seven years ago) link

https://twitter.com/jordansarge/status/327171813736075265

― Call me at **BITCOIN (DJP), Wednesday, April 24, 2013 9:36 PM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

He doesn't even sound apologetic about it!!! What a dick.

carl agatha, Wednesday, 24 April 2013 22:41 (seven years ago) link

A friend just bragged that he pledged $175 toward the new movie. Not knowing how to respond, I closed the IM conversation.

Millsner, Wednesday, 24 April 2013 23:58 (seven years ago) link

I never realized he assaulted a kid! I remember reading that all of the women who worked with him on Scrubs hated him because he was a harassing sleaze, though.

The last of the famous international Greyjoys (Nicole), Thursday, 25 April 2013 00:45 (seven years ago) link

tbf, if someone was spray-painting my new car, I'd probably go after them and get punchy (if it was dark enough he didn't know it was a 12-year old, esp.)

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Thursday, 25 April 2013 00:49 (seven years ago) link

gross, he's already well over halfway to his $2mil goal only a few hours into the campaign.

Fetchboy, Thursday, 25 April 2013 01:02 (seven years ago) link

zach braff is the amanda palmer of my generation

Guayaquil (eephus!), Thursday, 25 April 2013 01:07 (seven years ago) link

so good

we're up all night to get (s1ocki), Thursday, 25 April 2013 03:27 (seven years ago) link

oh my LOL

carl agatha, Thursday, 25 April 2013 12:47 (seven years ago) link

There should be a requirement that before you donate to this fundraiser, you have to, totally sober and without distraction, sit down and watch Garden State again. I bet donations would drop by two-thirds as people shake off the fog of youthful nostalgia and realize what a trite piece of garbage that movie actually is.

carl agatha, Thursday, 25 April 2013 12:48 (seven years ago) link

Zach Braff and Michael Cera need to team up for a movie, I'd throw in some bucks for that

Spectrum, Thursday, 25 April 2013 13:13 (seven years ago) link

actually I'd like to see a movie with Zach Braff, Michael Cera, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Page, Joseph Grodin-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel, and maybe Andy Samberg for comic relief. it'd like the 21st century's answer to the Rat Pack. soundtrack by Pomplamoose and the Apple iPad/Toyota Prius Players.

Spectrum, Thursday, 25 April 2013 13:40 (seven years ago) link

We get to imprison them on the film set, right? Some kind of Huis Clos retributive justice?

emil.y, Thursday, 25 April 2013 13:41 (seven years ago) link

set it in vietnam. get landis to direct.

his army of super young artists produce, (contenderizer), Thursday, 25 April 2013 14:20 (seven years ago) link

one year passes...

Saw Wish I Was Here. Means well, often unbearable--and I like Garden State, for the most part.

clemenza, Friday, 29 August 2014 12:30 (six years ago) link

this just came and went eh

socki (s1ocki), Friday, 29 August 2014 12:50 (six years ago) link

Not even sure if it got an opening here--I saw it a rep house. The losing-a-parent stuff is sometimes valid, but always manipulative--though Kate Hudson has a good scene alone with Mandy Patinkin. The opening scene, with the kids and the "swear jar," is unbelievably bad. There's a great, famous song buried somewhere in the background at some point...and I've already forgotten what it was.

clemenza, Friday, 29 August 2014 13:29 (six years ago) link

Not that many will care, but Wish I Was Here is a grammatical atrocity.

Aimless, Friday, 29 August 2014 15:49 (six years ago) link

showing this this weekend. know there's no nobility in trashing whiteboy "indie" movies no one's rly gonna see but every time i run the trailer it makes me wanna vom.

difficult listening hour, Friday, 29 August 2014 18:28 (six years ago) link


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